World Blood Donor Day
World Blood Donor Day is recognized on June 14th as a celebration to honour and thank those people who donate blood on a voluntary basis because transfusion of blood and blood products help to save millions of lives every year. Being a blood donor can
- help patients who are suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with higher quality of life
- and supports complex medical and surgical procedures.
The global celebration is on a day that has particular significance. It is the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel Prize winner who discovered the ABO blood group system.
Celebrate World Blood Donor Day
The purpose of setting aside a day on June 14th every year is to celebrate and thank those who donate their blood without any reward, except the knowledge that they have helped to save lives. It also creates a wider awareness of the importance of blood donation and encourage more people to become regular blood donors.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resilience and Promoting World Blood Donor Day:
- It only takes about an hour of your time to change someone’s life. Firstly, If you are in good health and meet the eligibility criteria, you can be a blood donor as frequently as every 56 days for males and every 84 days for females. Secondly, to find out if you are eligible to donate, visit: https://www.blood.ca/en/blood/am-i-eligible/abcs-eligibility-donating-blood
- After that, get your office or organization involved and promote it through your on-line or internal communications
- Get your family involved – go together and make it a family giving project
- Be a role model for others – my mom still goes regularly even after all of these years
With our lives being so busy it is easy to forget to do this simple little act of kindness. But this little act can mean the difference between life and death. Click to tweet
Finally, get others involved and it makes it easier to remember and less anxious for those who this may be their first time.
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